UNITED NATIONS -- Top United Nations officials have proposed a UN global conference on women for 2015, 20 years after the last women's summit in Beijing.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, the president of the UN General Assembly, said in a statement that women's issues were a vital part of global progress and that it was "high time" for a world conference to be convened to focus on the role of women in politics, peace and security, and labor and rural issues.
The announcement, timed to coincide with the marking of International Women's Day on March 8, sets the stage for what will be the fifth world conference on women.
The first was held in 1975 in Mexico City.
No location was announced for the 2015 conference.